SS Camp 5: Women's Hell / SS Lager 5: L'inferno delle donne (1977)

2.5 out of 5

SS Camp 5 should not be confused with S Club 7. One deals with screaming, pain and suffering beyond belief and the other, of course, is an exploitation film.

What Sergio Garrone clearly tries to do here is create another SS Experiment Love Camp with most of the same cast, sets and similar themes and ideas. For what it is worth he succeeds.

An attempt at a serious message with a post-script and use of actual holocaust images is a little jarring as the sincerity of any message is questionable given an obviously strong populist exploitation current. This is film that attempts to shock a cinema audience in attendance for the shocks. However, by the standards of today, it is unlikely to shock much.

The ending is a great little burst of Jack Hill women-in-prison style girls-with-guns action.

It is all fun in a Beast in Heat kind of way.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics